Ten European cities, ten museums, ten grand exhibitions. London, Paris, Copenaghen, Milan, Florence, Madrid, Vienna, Berlin, Rome and Lisboa. If you love art and architecture, let us guide you through exhibits that will amaze you in 2018.
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life | Tate Britain
28 February – 27 August 2018
Bodies, souls, muscles. But also pathos, emotions, and vibrations. All of these will be on the walls of the Tate Gallery for 6 months. All Too Human celebrates the human figure in its deepest intimacy through the hand of important British painters such as Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, and also through less-known artists of the same era, such as Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Some of Bacon’s most important painting will be back in the UK after three decades, and, for the first time in 50 years, Freud’s portrait of Bacon himslef will be on display.
Millbank, Westminster, London, UK
Etre Moderne: le MoMA à Paris | Fondation Louis Vuitton
11 October 2017 – 5 March 2018
The Fondation Louis Vuitton it’s not a simple museum per se. It’s a sculpture, a folly of shapes. The structure, designed by the audacious Frank Gehry, it’s, in fact, the first masterpiece of this art gallery.
This year, aside from the sensational permanent collection, you’ll be able to admire “Etre Moderne: le MoMA à Paris”. A selection of 200 artworks to represent the role of collector of the famous museum in New York. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographies, architectures, performances: they all merge in an ambitious and unprecedented project, which tells the story of one of the most important museums in the world. The protagonists? Cézanne, Klimt, Picasso, Matisse, de Chirico a Hopper, Calder, Magritte, Yayoi Kusama, Jasper Johns, fino a Frank Stella e Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Just to name a few.
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, Paris, France
ELEMENTAL – Alejandro Aravena | Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
11 October 2018 – 17 February 2019
Pritzker Prize 2016 and director of the Biennale di Architettura di Venezia in the same year, Alejandro Aravena will be the protagonist of the next grand exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Together with his group, ELEMENTAL, he created original solutions to the most difficult social challenges, combining witty design with a pragmatic approach. The exhibitions not only illustrates his most important projects but it also dwells into an innovative way of working, together with a revolutionary social philosophy.
Gl Strandvej 13, Humlebæk, Denmark
Matt Mullican – The Feeling of Things | Pirelli Hangar Bicocca
12 April – 16 September 2018
“The Feeling of Things”, Matt Mullican’s first great Italian retrospective, it’s a complex vocabulary that has been renamed “The Five Worlds“. Different colours for different perceptions. 3500 square metres where to find his iconic cosmologies, in the vast selections of artworks since the 70s, including paintings, frottages, flags, glass sculptures, works on paper, videos, light boxes, paintings on the floor works and grand installations.
Via Chiese 2, Milan, Italy
The rise of a Nation. Between Guttuso, Fontana and Schifano | Palazzo Strozzi
16 March – 22 July 2018
The magic scenery of Palazzo Strozzi and this exhibit create together an unusual yet strong mix to recount Italy’s history between the 50s and the fights of 1968. This journey is masterfully told through the eyes of Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Piero Manzoni, Emilio Vedova, Enrico Castellani, Mario Schifano, Mario Merz and Michelangelo Pistoletto. From Informal Art to Pop Art, from the confrontation between monochrome paintings and the Arte Povera to the final Conceptual Art.
Piazza degli Strozzi, Florence, Italy
Warhol. El Arte Mecánico | Caixa Forum
1 February – 6 May 2018
Campbell cans, Marilyn’s portraits, Brillo boxes. Almost 350 works of the father of Pop Art are landing in Madrid. The scenery is that of the Caixa Forum, ex-power station now converted into one of the most beautiful art galleries in the world thanks to the genius of Herzog & De Meuron. “The Mechanical Art” is the name of the exhibition, and not by chance. In the 60s, in fact, Andy Warhol started using the silkscreen mechanical method, and suddenly the Rolling Stones, Basquiat, Duchamp, Elvis Presley and David Bowie became a form of cultural merchandise.
Paseo del Prado 36, Madrid, Spain
Beauty and the Abyss | Vienna
18 January – 22 April 2018
Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and Otto Wagner in Vienna with 17 exhibits all over the city. The exhibitions will recount the changes and the impact brought by 1918 – the year when Klimt, Moser, Schiele and Wagner all died and the year that marked the end of the First World War – on the Austrian city, and not only there. In addition to the Leopold Museum and to the Belvedere Museum, also the MAK, the Wien Museum, and Klimt’s atelier will host these exhibitions.
Vienna, various museums
Ufa – History of a Brand | Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen
24 November 2017 – 22 April 2018
Berlin is the perfect backdrop for the centenary of Ufa and of its company’s history in seven chapters. Born as an instrument of propaganda during the First World War, today the company has been converted into a content producer for various platforms. The media history is presented through a futuristic scenography that reminds of Blade Runner and Star Wars. All are united by the lights and sounds that make this journey even more fascinating.
Potsdamer Straße 2, Berlin, Germany
The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains| MACRO
24 November 2017 – 22 April 2018
A multi-sensory and theatrical journey into the eccentric world of Pink Floyd. Rhythms, images and shows where music and graphics merge. You’ll admire how the British band revolutionised the use of special effects and experimented with the sound of the psychedelic underground scene in the 60s London. A staging that will, probably, remain unique. The Guardian, besides naming the exhibit as “astonishing”, gave to The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains 5 stars on 5.
Via Nizza 138, Rome, Italy
TOMÁS SARACENO | MAAT
21 March – 27 August 2018
It’s impossible to define them as simple hot air balloons. Those created by Saraceno are actual precious objects, sculptures, pieces of art. The Argentinian artist started creating them by defying gravity, making the fluctuate in the air with the warmth of the Sun and giving up on helium and fuel. These pieces constitute the base of the Aerocene’s project, which describes an era where the human race could inhabit these aerial structures as if we were in an adventure novel. Saraceno’s works lead us to imagine and dream the possibility of an “aerial urbanism”. A surreal vision of new interaction between humans and the atmosphere.
Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal